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Prince Harry visits hospital patients, takes canoe trip on 4-day royal tour in Brazil

June 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM ET

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 23:  Prince Harry shares a joke with a patient from the Rede Sarah Hospital for Nerological Rehabilitation injuries as he take...
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Prince Harry shares a joke with a patient from the Rede Sarah Hospital for Neurological Rehabilitation as he takes part in a canoe therapy session on Lake Paranoá on June 23, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. Prince Harry is on a four-day tour in Brazil that will be followed by two days in Chile.

Turns out the World Cup isn’t the hottest thing to touch down in Brazil this week: Prince Harry officially began his royal tour of the South American country on Monday. 

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The redheaded royal, 29, went straight to the Rede Sarah Hospital after landing, visiting mostly children struggling with neurological conditions like cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s disease. 

Prince Harry poses with patient Caio Carvalho, 11,at Rede Sarah Hospital on June 23, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.
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Prince Harry poses with patient Caio Carvalho, 11, at Rede Sarah Hospital on June 23 in Brasilia, Brazil.

Harry watched a game of wheelchair basketball and spoke with the team’s youngest player Caio Carvalho, 11, about his accident and love of the sport. 

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Prince Harry chats with patients at Rede Sarah Hospital as he takes part in a wheelchair basketball therapy session on June 23, 2014.
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Prince Harry chats with patients at Rede Sarah Hospital as he takes part in a wheelchair basketball therapy session on June 23.

“I told him I used to love playing football (soccer), but now I’m in a wheelchair, I can’t,” Carvalho told Us Weekly of his interaction with Prince Harry. “It’s very exciting to have Prince Harry here. We asked him to join us in a game, but he didn’t want to as he said he had to train more. Maybe he was worried we’d beat him!”  

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 23:  Prince Harry meets patients at the Rede Sarah Hospital for Nerological Rehabilitation injuries on June 23, 2014 in Brasil...
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Prince Harry meets patients at Rede Sarah Hospital.

Prince William’s younger brother also comforted a mother, who became emotional after her daughter, who has cerebral palsy, managed to welcome Harry to Brazil. 

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Prince Harry, center, and Brazil Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo, right, celebrate the first goal of Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Brazil on June 23 in Brasilia.
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Prince Harry, center, and Brazil Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo, right, celebrate the first goal of Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Brazil on June 23 in Brasilia.

“I was so proud of my daughter welcoming Prince Harry to Brazil — I was stunned,” mom Erica Oliveire said of her daughter, Eduarda. "He said he was very happy to be here, and he gave me a big hug.”

After spending time with the patients and their families, Harry headed outside for a canoe trip, where some of the hospital’s patients work to build their upper body strength. 

Prince Harry presents medals to young swimmers during a visit to Minas Tênis Clube on June 24 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
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Prince Harry presents medals to young swimmers during a visit to Minas Tênis Clube on June 24 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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Though he got splashed during the trip, he jovially declined a change of clothes before talking to Us Weekly about the ride. 

Britain's Prince Harry visits the Minas Tenis Club where England's Olympic team will practice during the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Belo Hor...
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Britain's Prince Harry visits the Minas Tênis Clube in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where England's Olympic team will practice during the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“It was great fun!” he said. “And great to talk to the other guys out there. Very peaceful."

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